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ELNEC Support for Nurses During COVID-19

Free ELNEC Education
Advocacy and Support
Resources on COVID-19

Hello to all of our ELNEC "Family" of Trainers!

The ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) project has developed this section on our website with free resources, materials and links that we would like to share with our colleagues at this time.  The materials include some ELNEC modules for use in training and supporting staff as well as other items we hope are helpful in these challenging times.  Please bookmark this page ( and check back as we continue to update. The ELNEC team extends our support for all clinicians providing palliative care. There has never been a time when our communities need all that palliative care provides. 

The ELNEC Team
Betty Ferrell, Polly Mazanec, Rose Virani, Haley Buller, Andrea Garcia-Ortiz, Kelly Greer, Yesel Arvizu, & Lily Correa

What the World Needs Now by Burt Bacharach
Please enjoy this virtual “concert” by the fabulous students at Berklee College of Music in Boston. They can't be together to graduate together, so they did this instead.

Self-Care Strategies to Deal with Moral Distress & Compassion Fatigue
  • Ethical Dilemmas Facing Nurses During the Coronavirus Crisis: Addressing Moral Distress - Recorded presentation hosted by SIGMA will be available soon
  • ELNEC Self-Care Supplementals
Communication Skills Needed During the Pandemic

  • ELNEC Communication Guide During COVID-19 
  • Communication Tips For Nurses Supporting Seriously Ill Patients, Families, & Communities During the Coronavirus - Recorded presentation hosted by SIGMA will be available soon

Care of Seriously Ill Patients & Their Families in the Last Days of Life
Dealing with Loss, Grief & Bereavement in a Pandemic
A module specific to providing primary palliative care in a pandemic

Coming Soon


Dear AACN Advocate:

AACN members, educators, and students are leaders in their communities and are deeply committed to ensuring that our nation remains healthy as we address COVID-19. As Congress considers proposals to combat this pandemic, it is imperative that they hear from you. Join us today by sending a message to your Senators and Representative outlining federal priorities that should be included in any COVID-19 legislation to address the growing needs of the areas we serve.

Thank you for contributing to these important efforts in this unprecedented time. We stand with you and your voice makes all the difference!

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ELNEC Trainers – Champions & Community Support

Connect directly with other ELNEC trainers and friends through our new Facebook group. Please feel free to share valuable resources and add your own comments or questions.  Please review the group rules. Individuals posts in the group are not endorsed by ELNEC. 

Dear Colleagues,

We are aware of the challenges we are all facing with the rapid spread of the Coronavirus and the need for containment in colleges and universities. It is a difficult time for everyone, but we recognize the importance of the health and safety of our communities.

For those of you who are now required to work from home and teach remotely, if you are struggling with getting course work out to your students, we hope you will consider this an opportune time for the students to complete the online End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Undergraduate or Graduate Curriculum. Both programs are six one-hour modules which you can integrate into your courses as an assignment. Then after completion of the modules, debriefing can be done using chat rooms or other similar online experiences in which you will find that the students engage quite effectively, and their learning is enhanced. 

If you have not seen the ELNEC Undergraduate or ELNEC Graduate Student Curriculum, we are happy to send you a link as soon as possible, so you can consider using it to meet some of your remote teaching requirements. Email to receive the link. Once you would like to pursue this route, confirm with us and we will also send the faculty materials that supplement the curricula along with tips to help your learners. Please visit for more information. Module objectives, outlines and content are on the site to help you identify where this learning might fit as you plan to teach remotely.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy spring as we navigate this unknown territory across our nation. 


Dr. Polly Mazanec, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN
Research Associate Professor, FPB School of Nursing, CWRU
Co-PI ELNEC Undergraduate Project


Ethical Dilemmas Facing Nurses During the Coronavirus Crisis: Addressing Moral Distress
Hosted by Relias, Presented by Polly Mazanec, PHD, AOCN, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
Recording will be available soon.

Communication Tips for Nurses Supporting Seriously Ill Patients, Families & Communities During the Coronavirus
Hosted by Relias, Presented by Polly Mazanec, PHD, AOCN, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
Recording will be available soon.

Understanding Coronavirus and How to Keep You and Yours Safe
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 2:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Relias, Presented by Ron Orth, RN, CMAC, CHC and Heather Tuttle, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness for Your Front-Line Staff
Monday, March 30, 2020, 2:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Relias, Presented by Board Certified Emergency Physician, Phil DiGiacomo, M.D., and Heather Tuttle, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients during this COVID-19 Pandemic
Watch On Demand. A link will be emailed to all registrants early the week of March 30. Registration is required.
Hosted by ANA and APIC. Presented by Kendra McMillan, MPH, RN and Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Actions Home Health Clinicians Can Take To Prevent The Spread of COVID-19
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 2:00 p.m. ET

COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Providers: Where Are We Now?
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 2:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Relias and PointClickCare 

Additional Resources from our Palliative Care colleagues

Emotional Coping Strategies from ONS

Specific phrases & word choices that can be helpful when dealing with COVID19

HPNA is offering POLARIS Module 13: Integrating Self-Care Strategies, free of charge until 5/1/2020. Your staff/members need to add the module to their cart, then use promo code "SelfCare2020" at checkout to get the module for free. You can find additional resources from HPNA here

Self-Care and Stress Management during the COVID-19 Crisis:  Toolkit for Oncology Healthcare Professionals
You can find more resources from NCCN here.

The CAPC toolkit contains resources in this toolkit are free and open to all.